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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Are We At Risk of a Nuclear Meltdown?

Are We At Risk of a Nuclear Meltdown? - Prevention.com
On the 1-year anniversary of the nuclear meltdown in Japan, Prevention investigates America's risk.
www.prevention.com/health/.../are-we-risk-nuclear-meltdown?...

Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown by Takashi Hirose


Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown - Takashi Hirose
In his book published in June 2011 titled Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Takashi Hirose gives a concise, convincing, and highly accessible criticism of the way ...
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Dear Secretary Panetta: U.S. Taxpayers Have Better Things to Do With Their Money Than Fund Nukes in Europe

Dear Secretary Panetta: U.S. Taxpayers Have Better Things to Do With Their Money Than Fund Nukes in Europe

The Project for Government Oversight has written a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reminding him that it's U.S. taxpayers who pay for nuclear weapons in Europe.

$1 bn shale-gas deal sweetens Beijing trip by Canada's Harper

$1 bn shale-gas deal sweetens Beijing trip by Canada's Harper

PetroChina's estimated US$1 billion purchase of a stake in a Canadian shale-gas project sets the tone for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Beijing next week. China's urgent desire to exploit its own vast unconventional gas reserves dovetails nicely with Canada's technological know-how and willingness to do business. - Robert M Cutler

NRC Releases Draft Report on Simulated Accident at Two Nuclear Reactors

NRC Releases Draft Report on Simulated Accident at Two Nuclear ...
Edwin S. Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists comments on a draft report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission analyzing the potential ...
www.ucsusa.org/news/press.../nrc-releases-draft-report-on.htm...

Worn Pipes Shut California Reactors


Worn Pipes Shut California Reactors
Wall Street Journal
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the amount of released radiation posed no harm to workers or the public. The plant sits on the California coast near the busy freeways that connect San Diego and Los Angeles.

BDI Says German Nuclear Exit Threatens Jobs, Focus Reports


BDI Says German Nuclear Exit Threatens Jobs, Focus Reports
Bloomberg
Hans-Peter Keitel, head of the BDI federation of German industry, warned that the decision to drop nuclear power threatens thousands of jobs because of rising energy costs, Focus reported, citing an interview. German energy costs are among the highest ...

Nuclear Power is Part of USA Energy Mix


Nuclear Power Is Part of USA Energy Mix
Huffington Post
So, as we continue to discuss such issues, I encourage you to check out additional independent, third party reports that shed light on nuclear power and how it's a vital component of the US energy mix. Looking forward to hearing thoughts and sharing ...

from Oil and Glory The Weekly Wrap -- Feb. 3, 2012 The U.S. gas glut solution


 

from Oil and Glory




The U.S. gas glut solution: Oil and gas companies are moving fast to eradicate a scourge -- fire-sale natural gas prices in the United States. The latest to move is Shell, which says it will carry out a dual strategy of exporting some of its U.S. shale gas in the form of liquefied natural gas, since prices in Europe and Asia are far higher, and meanwhile produce more lucrative oil from shale in North Dakota and elsewhere. As discussed previously, Chesapeake Energy and ConocoPhillips have announced they are dialing back on their shale gas production.
Then there is Alaska, where the gas equivalent of some 6 billion barrels of oil is stranded for lack of an export pipeline. For a long time, companies such as BP, ExxonMobil and Conoco had sought to build an expensive gas pipeline to the Lower 48 States, but they have been stymied, most recently by lack of demand. In November fall, Alaska Gov.  Sean Parnell urged the companies to instead ship their gas to Asia in the form of LNG. Now, these Big Oil companies say they have seen the light -- they will export their North Slope gas to Asia, reports Reuters. So serious are they taking this issue that last month, the CEOs of all three companies themselves flew up to Alaska to meet with Parnell and nail down the decision. The line they are discussing to the port of Valdez could move 3 billion cubic feet of gas a day and cost $26 billion.

Back to the Public Service Board: Next Steps for Vermont Yankee

The Energy Collective - Sponsored by Siemens
By Meredith Angwin, February 4, 2012
The court ruled in favor of Entergy in the recent court case. In consequence, Entergy applied to the Public Service Board for a Certificate of Public Good for Vermont Yankee.Judge Murtha's ruling in the case is over 100 pages long. At one level, however, it can be summarized as follows:The State of Vermont tried to alter a contract unilaterally. That is not allowed. The contract still stands...  » Continue...

Bird Population in Collapse Near Fukushima

Bird Population in Collapse Near Fukushima

Study: Many species show “dramatically” elevated DNA mutation rates, developmental abnormalities and extinctions

- Common Dreams staff
An upcoming study shows the future for birds and insect life around Fukushima has been badly damaged, an ominous sign of things to come.
The study, set to be published next week in Environmental Pollution, looked at 14 species of birds common to Fukushima and Chernobyl. David McNeill writes in the Irish Times:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/03-3

French nuclear set to become more expensive than wind power

French nuclear set to become more expensive than wind power
REVE
The Court of Auditors in France has this week published a report revealing that the cost of producing nuclear energy is set to surge in France as old plants need updating and new safety standards put in place.

Nuclear Costs Are Going Up

Nuclear Costs Are Going Up
U.S. News & World Report
By Edward J. Markey When America stopped ordering new nuclear power plants in the 1970's, we had no long-term answer for what to do with radioactive waste that will remain deadly to humans for thousands of years. Today, we still don't have an answer.

Nuclear industry in limbo after disasters

Nuclear industry in limbo after disasters
Financial Post
Between the fallout from the Fukushima disaster and the glut of natural gas hitting markets, the future of the nuclear industry in North America is in limbo

U.S. Should Bring an End to the Nuclear Era

U.S. Should Bring an End to the Nuclear Era
U.S. News & World Report
By Jim Riccio Jim Riccio has been Greenpeace's Nuclear Policy Analyst since 2001 and has over two decades of nuclear activist experience.

Safety issues raised at San Onofre Examiner.com

Safety issues raised at San Onofre
Examiner.com

Yucca Mountain as a nuclear-waste site The Seattle Times

Yucca Mountain as a nuclear-waste site
The Seattle Times

NRC Report: Nuclear Power Plants More Vulnerable to Earthquakes ...


NRC Report: Nuclear Power Plants More Vulnerable to Earthquakes ...
And stay tuned for our upcoming film Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown, airing Feb. 28, which chronicles exactly what happened during those fateful few weeks ...
www.pbs.org/.../nrc-report-nuclear-power-plants-more-vulner...

Nuclear accidents pose little risk to health: NRC | JunkScience.com By Editor

Nuclear accidents pose little risk to health: NRC | JunkScience.com
By Editor
“Successful implementation of existing mitigation measures can prevent reactor core damage or delay or reduce offsite releases of radioactive material,” the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in the study.

We Must Include Nuclear Power in the Energy Discussion U.S. News & World Report

We Must Include Nuclear Power in the Energy Discussion
U.S. News & World Report

'Unusual' wear on new tubes carrying radioactive water at Calif. nuclear plant ... Washington Post (blog)

'Unusual' wear on new tubes carrying radioactive water at Calif. nuclear plant ...
Washington Post (blog)

NRC Advances Southern Co. Bid to Build US Nuclear Units

NRC Advances Southern Co. Bid to Build US Nuclear Units
BusinessWeek
2 (Bloomberg) -- The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a vote for Feb. 9 on Southern Co.'s application for the first construction permit to build nuclear reactors in more than 30 years.

Has Petroleum Production Peaked, Ending the Era of Easy Oil?

Has Petroleum Production Peaked, Ending the Era of Easy Oil?

A new analysis concludes that easily extracted oil peaked in 2005, suggesting that dirtier fossil fuels will be burned and energy prices will rise.

UCS Position on Nuclear Power and Global Warming

UCS Position on Nuclear Power and Global Warming

Update from ANS: US News & World Reports “Debate Club” survey: Should Nuclear Power Be Expanded?

American Nuclear Society

US News & World Reports “Debate Club” survey: Should Nuclear Power Be Expanded?

By lscheele on Feb 03, 2012 04:41 pm

U.S. News & World Report, an online news publication, features a “Debate Club” section wherein a topic is posed in the form of a question and experts submit opinions (or op-ed) in support or opposition to the question. On Friday, … Continue reading
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More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120204p2g00m0dm015000c.html

Vermont Yankee owner wants $4.6 million for legal fees

Vermont Yankee owner wants $4.6 million for legal fees

 http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120203/NEWS07/120203024/Vermont-Yankee-owner-wants-4-6-million-legal-fees

Friday, February 3, 2012

Blog Post: Nuclear Industry Receives New Earthquake Data for Central and Eastern U.S.

Blog Post: Nuclear Industry Receives New Earthquake Data for Central and Eastern U.S.

The majority of American nuclear plants will draw from a new and extensively revised dataset detailing the earthquake risk across much of the U.S. And although the research began in 2008, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the Central and Eastern United States Seismic Source Characterization Project will inform decisions about plants’ seismic risks under safety changes ordered following the earthquake-triggered Fukushima Daiichi accidents in Japan.

Extensive Wear Found in Recently Replaced SONGS Steam Generator

Blog Post: Extensive Wear Found in Recently Replaced SONGS Steam Generator

Just two years after it was replaced, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reported significant wear in a steam generator at California’s San Onofre Nuclear Plant.

Earlier in the week, San Onofre unit 3 was taken out of service because of a leaking steam generator tube that resulted in a small release of radioactive steam into an auxiliary building. On Thursday initial reports from NRC inspectors also outlined wear in similar equipment at neighboring unit 2. During a scheduled outage for maintenance and inspections, the NRC found the thickness of two tubes in one of unit 2's two steam generators had been worn away by a third. Of 9,700 tubes in the steam generator, 69 were found to be at least 20 percent worn, and 800 tubes were at least 10 percent worn.

Blog Post: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Blog Post: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

A U.N. agency has found the initial health impacts of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi accident to be minimal, while another international body recently gave its approval to the so-called stress tests for the country’s other reactors. At Fukushima itself, the news was less encouraging, as leaks continue to plague the complex system of pipes moving contaminated water between treatment facilities and the damaged units.

How to Go Green Without Going Crazy

How to Go Green Without Going Crazy

Utilities worry about a lot of things, such as keeping the lights on, earning a return for investors, and making regulators and customers happy with their service.Now there is a new worry: How can they protect customers from what one utility refers to as “mental fatigue?”

Nepal and Bangladesh to Establish Joint Venture 3,000 Megawatt Power Plant

Nepal and Bangladesh to Establish Joint Venture 3,000 Megawatt Power Plant

There is a tendency when considering massive power projects in the Third World to view them as ventures in which the host countries lack expertise, capital, or both, necessitating outside investment and know-how.

Such is not always the case, however.

Dhaka’s The Daily Star newspaper is reporting that on 30 January Nepalese Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun proposed establishing a 3,000-megawatt power plant in its territory in a joint venture with Bangladesh, making the pitch at a meeting with Bangladeshi…
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What Affect Will High Oil Prices Have on the 2012 Election

What Affect Will High Oil Prices Have on the 2012 Election

If current trends continue, gasoline prices and U.S. energy policy seem destined to play a larger role in the political debate prior to the November elections than ever before. Gasoline on the East Coast is already within striking distance of all-time highs and most prognosticators are talking about the likelihood of $4+ gasoline before summer. Although the U.S. consumer is more inured to $4 gasoline than four years ago, the crossing of the $4 barrier is bound to set off another round of recriminations and finger pointing as to just who or what…
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An Abundant Supply of Cheap Oil is the Most Important Resource for Our Future

An Abundant Supply of Cheap Oil is the Most Important Resource for Our Future

Our economy runs on oil. Most of the tractors used for growing food run on oil. Nearly all of today’s cars and trucks run on oil. It is popular to talk about changing to some other fuel, but the practicalities are that any such change will be very slow. There is a huge cost associated with replacing cars and trucks with vehicles using other fuels, assuming we could figure out the technology to do this.
Since 2005, world crude oil supply has bumped up against what seems to be a limit of 75…
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Burma’s Non-Nuclear Plans

Burma’s Non-Nuclear Plans

Last year, senior Burmese officials dismissed the notion that the government in Naypyidaw is pursuing a nuclear program, peaceful or otherwise. Science and Technology Minister U Aye Myint became the first senior official to openly deny the allegations of a nefarious weapons program. He insisted that, despite considering the option of a civilian nuclear program, Burma doesn’t have “sufficient resources” to embark on such an initiative. Myint further asserted that his country had “no plan at all to own nuclear weapons” and underlined Burma’s commitment to the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Treaty, which it has signed and deposited. Since then, the military junta in Naypyidaw has continued its courtship of the West with a charm offensive aimed at removing the smothering sanctions that have targeted the regime for decades. The turning point, it seems, came in December, when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the country with caveat-laden hopes ... Read More...

A Glut of Cheap Oil is Vital For Our Future

A Glut of Cheap Oil is Vital For Our Future

Gail Tverberg, OilPrice.com
Our economy runs on oil. Most of the tractors used for growing food run on oil. Nearly all of today’s cars and trucks run on oil. It is popular to talk about changing to some other fuel, but the practicalities are that any such change will be very slow. There is a huge cost associated with replacing cars and trucks with vehicles using other fuels, assuming we could figure out the technology to do this. . .

Sierra Club Took Millions From Nat Gas Industry

Sierra Club Took Millions From Nat Gas Industry

Bryan Walsh, Time
Mainstream environmental groups have struggled to find the right line on shale natural gas and the hydraulic fracturing or fracking process.

Obama's Green Dreams Still a Nightmare

Obama's Green Dreams Still a Nightmare

Editorial, Investors
In recent days we learned sales of the Volt and Leaf cratered, President Obama's failed green jobs program is under investigation, and another "clean energy" company's in trouble. Green is the new red. Each week, it seems, brings fresh evidence that the Obama administration's obsession with so-called clean energy is an increasingly costly failure. . .

Penn Energy Perspectives

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'Minor Problem' might spell dramatic and controversial doom for California Nuclear Plant

'Minor Problem' might spell dramatic and controversial doom for California Nuclear Plant

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/02/1061202/-Minor-Problem-might-spell-dramatic-and-controversial-doom-for-San-Onofre-Nuclear-Plant

Chernobyl experts hopeful on Fukushima

Experts: Japan nuclear evacuees could eventually return to homes
Residents affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident in Japan could eventually return to their homes, compared with the Chernobyl site in Ukraine, which remains inside a large restricted zone, Ukrainian nuclear experts said. "If people like to return and they will have a dose of less than 20 millisieverts per year, according to international standards this is possible," said Oleg Nasvit, a radiation expert and nuclear physicist at Kiev's National Institute for Strategic Studies. "This is not about this circle of 20 kilometers but it is about the radiological situation," he added. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)/The Associated Press

Time to fund for New Madrid quake is now



CTV.ca
Time to fund for New Madrid quake is now
The Tennessean
Some of us may remember drills in school during the Cold War that had us prepare for a nuclear attack by hiding under desks and covering them in sheets. Fortunately, it never became a live exercise. Next week, 1.7 million people in nine states will ...

PG&E loses bid to charge customers for quake study


PG&E loses bid to charge customers for quake study
San Francisco Chronicle
Regulators have rejected Pacific Gas & Electric's request to charge ratepayers for Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant earthquake studies. The California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday dismissed PG&E's motion to have ratepayers pay $85 million ...

Update from ANS 2/3/12 ANS 2012 Student Conference: April 12-15 in Las Vegas, NV

American Nuclear Society

ANS 2012 Student Conference: April 12-15 in Las Vegas, NV

By lscheele on Feb 03, 2012 01:00 am

Mark your calendars now for the 2012 ANS Student Conference! This year’s conference will be held in Las Vegas, NV, with the theme: Nuclear Science and Technology: Past, Present and Future. The ANS Nuclear Cafe will be carrying more details … Continue reading
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Interminable innumeracy: "renewables" versus nuclear

Monday, January 30, 2012

Interminable innumeracy: "renewables" versus nuclear

US NRC Blog: 2011 New Reactor Annual Review Available

U.S. NRC Blog

2011 New Reactor Annual Review Available

by Moderator
For the NRC’s New Reactor Program, 2011 was a year of significant progress. By year’s end, we had completed reviews of the first combined license application, one design certification and two design certification amendments. We also started on the first design certification renewal review.
In addition, we began addressing substantial policy issues related to the licensing of advanced reactors, while markedly refining the processes for overseeing construction acitivities, such as those underway at Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear power plant.
You can find comprehensive information on these developments and many others in the just-published second Office of New Reactors (NRO) annual review. The publication, “2011 New Reactor Program,” makes finding timely and accurate information on the agency’s new reactor activities easy and fast.
The review is written in plain language and covers NRO’s three main areas of focus: new reactor licensing, construction oversight and the Advanced Reactor Program. In addition, the publication features an “International Cooperation” section, as well as an “Overview” summary and “A Look Ahead” write-up. It concludes with “At a Glance,” an organizational summary of divisions within the office, their branches and responsibilities.
The 40-page review is available on the agency’s public web site at: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/brochures/br0476/br0476.pdf .
Requests for print copies can be sent to: opa.resource@nrc.gov .
Bob Jasinski
Senior New Reactors Communications Specialist
Moderator | February 3, 2012 at 9:18 am | Tags: nuclear | C

Exclusive: How the Sierra Club Took Millions From the Natural Gas Industry—and Why They Stopped [UPDATE]


Exclusive: How the Sierra Club Took Millions From the Natural Gas Industry—and Why They Stopped [UPDATE]


U.S. shale gas reserve estimates plummet

U.S. shale gas reserve estimates plummet
The latest estimates of shale natural gas reserves in the U.S. represent a shocking step backward for the rapidly growing industry.
Full Article

I-Nuclear Update 2/3/12 China Guangdong Nuclear Power takes Kalahari, moves on to Extract Resources

China Guangdong Nuclear Power takes Kalahari, moves on to Extract Resources

by I-Nuclear
China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corp’s takeover of London-listed Kalahari Minerals was declared unconditional February 2, making Cgnpc the largest shareholder, via Kalahari, of Extract Resources and its Husab uranium project in Namibia.
The takeover of Kalahari by Cgnpc clears the way for the Chinese state firm’s planned downstream offer to buy all shares in Extract Resources, according to a February 3 statement from Extract.
As of February 2, Cgnpc had 89.5% of Kalahari Minerals shares and had extended the offer to buy remaining shares indefinitely.
Under the rules set by the Australian Stock Exchange, where Extract is listed, Cgnpc must dispatch its planned A$8.65/share offer to Extract shareholders no later than March 1, Extract said in the statement.
Located near Swakopmund on the west coast of Namibia, Extract Resources’ Husab uranium project is said by Extract to be the fourth largest uranium-only deposit in the world, with measured resources of 84 million pounds uranium and indicated resources of 274 million lb in just two of the project’s five zones.
I-Nuclear | February 3, 2012 at 9:53 am | Tags: China | Categories: China, Uranium | URL: http://wp.me/p22dAl-7X

Pakistan As A Responsible Nuclear-Weapons State – OpEd

Pakistan As A Responsible Nuclear-Weapons State – OpEd
Eurasia Review
Pakistan has always complied with the IAEA safeguards for its civilian nuclear power plants, despite the fact that it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Pakistan's efforts for non-proliferation are quite vivid throughout the ...

Kazakhstan a model for Iran?

Kazakhstan a model for Iran?
CNN (blog)
After the USSR fell apart in 1991 its president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, transferred all nuclear weapons to Russia and closed the country's nuclear testing sites.

Chernobyl experts hopeful on Fukushima

 
Today's Mainichi Shimbun (Daily News) has an article where some Ukranian nuke experts say everyone evacuated from around Fukushima should be able to return home, unlike Chernobyl. Check it out...
 

`Climate change: Those creating problems least willing to take action`

`Climate change: Those creating problems least willing to take action`
Zee News
And so this easing of the restrictions on uranium in the context of our utilisation of thorium resources through the 3-stage nuclear power cycle – that over time, over the next three to four decades can enable us to completely replace coal.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

US Can't Afford to Forfeit Canadian Petroleum

US Can't Afford to Forfeit Canadian Petroleum

Editors, News Tribune

Leak at San Onofre Not Fault of Southern California Edison Says UCS

Leak at San Onofre Not Fault of Southern California Edison Says UCS

Overnight, we've seen a lot of breathless coverage about the steam generator leak that happened at San Onfre Generating Station on Tuesday, one that led to a story on the AP's national wire and another during the first segment of ABC's World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer on Wednesday evening.

What happened at San Onofre is a pretty typical operational event. If you don't believe us, feel free to ask David Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Here's what he told one Southern California newspaper about the incident at San Onofre:

Why a Likely Natural Event Could Cause Nuclear Reactors to Melt Down and Our Grid to Crash

Why a Likely Natural Event Could Cause Nuclear Reactors to Melt Down and Our Grid to Crash

Unless we take significant protective measures, this apocalyptic scenario is actually possible.

Updates from ANS: Japan stressed out over future of its nuclear reactors

American Nuclear Society

Japan stressed out over future of its nuclear reactors

By dyurman on Feb 02, 2012 08:47 am

Safety checks by the IAEA haven’t boosted public confidence By: Dan Yurman An IAEA expert mission to Japan arrived there the last week of January to check on so-called “stress tests” of the nation’s 54 reactors. While preliminary responses from … Continue reading
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ANS to hold teacher workshop in Phoenix, AZ

By lscheele on Feb 02, 2012 01:00 am

The American Nuclear Society’s Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information and the ANS Outreach Department will be sponsoring a one-day teacher workshop on Sunday, February 26, in Phoenix, Ariz. The workshop—Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World—is intended for science … Continue reading
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Opinion: "Fast" reactors would solve several energy challenges

Opinion: "Fast" reactors would solve several energy challenges: The U.K. should move forward with "fast" reactors, which would consume radioactive waste and produce electricity at the same time, writes blogger George Monbiot. "If the material we have seen until now as waste is instead seen as fuel, it has the potential to solve three problems at once: the UK's contribution to climate change, possible future energy shortfalls and a significant component of the massive bill -- and massive headache -- associated with cleaning up the current nuclear mess," he writes. The Guardian (London)/George Monbiot's Blog

Exelon to update earthquake risk at nuclear plants

Exelon to update earthquake risk at nuclear plants

Small reactors could help shape nuclear energy's future

Small reactors could help shape nuclear energy's future
Small modular reactors are shaping the future of the nuclear energy industry, but traditional reactors are here to stay for the time being, said Paul Genoa, senior director for policy development with the Nuclear Energy Institute. Small reactors are more cost-effective to build than larger units, and they can be manufactured in factories and delivered to a location. "Small reactors are not a substitute for big reactors, but we can't build a big reactor everywhere," Genoa said. PopularMechanics.com

NRC releases new report on health risks in case of nuclear accidents

NRC releases new report on health risks in case of nuclear accidents
A major nuclear accident in the U.S. likely wouldn't pose a significant risk to public health, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC said in a report that the public would have "essentially zero risk" of fatalities because of radiation exposure. Insurance Journal/Reuters

SOARCA analysis from NRC

News release and directions to get documents from ADAMS:

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2012/12-011.pdf

WNN: 

"A severe accident at a US nuclear power plant would not be likely to
cause any immediate deaths, while the risks of fatal cancers caused by
such an accident would be millions of times lower than the general
risks of dying of cancer, a long-running research study has found."

Nuclear accidents pose little risk to health, NRC says


Nuclear accidents pose little risk to health, NRC says

Power Progress


Power progress
Glen Innes Examiner
New England Nuclear Energy has received confirmation from nuclear reactor supplier Hyperion Power Generation America that financing is available for a small modular reactor to be located in the Glen Innes Severn locality.

Are We At Risk of a Nuclear Metldown?

Are We At Risk of a Nuclear Meltdown? - Prevention.com
On the 1-year anniversary of the nuclear meltdown in Japan, Prevention investigates America's risk. It's just before noon in Avila Beach and the day is already as ...
www.prevention.com/health/.../are-we-risk-nuclear-meltdown

The low-level nuclear threat


The low-level nuclear threat
Nature.com
The meltdown of the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, now in Ukraine, in 1986 gave rise to new concern and political pressure, which was exacerbated by the Fukushima accident in Japan last year.

Southeast Asia goes slow on nuclear, despite energy shortage


Southeast Asia goes slow on nuclear, despite energy shortage
ABS CBN News
HANOI - After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Vietnam suspended its nuclear plans and waited for more than a decade before reviving them. But Vietnam was undeterred by last year's Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, the world's worst atomic ...

Will Japan Be a Nuclear Free Zone?


Will Japan Be a Nuclear-Free Zone?
BusinessWeek
At the current rate, the country will have no nuclear-generated power as of May, not long after the first anniversary of the

The Catalyst: The Effects of Nuclear Accidents

The Catalyst: The Effects of Nuclear Accidents
my.hsj.org
The chernobyl nuclear accident was the world's largest explosions. What caused this wrecking accident was a meltdown at the nuclear power plant near chernobyl Urkraine.

New generation of nuclear reactors could consume radioactive waste as fuel


New generation of nuclear reactors could consume radioactive waste as fuel

The new 'fast' plants could provide enough low-carbon electricity to power the UK for more than 500 years

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released a new seismic study

NRC NEWS
and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released a new seismic study ... The NRC is requesting U.S. nuclear power plants to re-evaluate seismic ...
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/.../12-010.pdf

Exelon Selects Site, Developer and Design Firms for New Baltimore Headquarters


Exelon Selects Site, Developer and Design Firms for New Baltimore Headquarters ...
Business Wire (press release)
It also requires regulatory approvals by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Maryland Public Service Commission. Exelon Corporation is one of the nation's largest electric utilities with more than $19 ...

NRC Spent Fuel Report 'Just Analytical' Officials Say


NRC Spent Fuel Report 'Just Analytical' Officials Say
Patch.com
By Elaine Piniat 
  NRC Waste Confidence report will analyze storage of spent fuel over the course of 200 years 

NRC denies most exemptions for Entergy reactors


NRC denies most exemptions for Entergy reactors
CBS News
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it turned down 42 of the 50 exemptions requested three years ago by Entergy Nuclear after new NRC standards were imposed.

NRC estimates tritium release at Illinois reactor

NRC estimates tritium release at Illinois reactor
Boston.com
... trace amount of radioactive tritium released in steam to cool a reactor during a shutdown at an Illinois nuclear plant was not enough to present a danger to the public, according to the first estimates by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Nuclear 101, from a Canadian perspective

For anyone involved in nuclear who has a non-technical background, and can handle venturing north of the Canada-U.S. border into the wild frontier, this will be an interesting course:

http://media.cns-snc.ca/uploads/event_data/nuclear_101_2012/Nuclear_101_Flyer.pdf